Hilda Morris "Untitled 1" - C. 1958
Tempera on Kozo paper
23.5" x 20" Framed
21" x 17.5" Unframed
Hilda Grossman was born in New York in 1911. She was a sculptor and painter who studied at the Cooper Union School of Art and the Art Students League in New York. Hilda and her husband, Carl Morris, settled in Portland, Oregon in 1941. Except for extended trips to New York City, and later to Pietrasanta, Italy to cast bronze sculptures, she worked in Portland. Her work introduced a new and rigorous thinking about abstraction, emphasizing the organization of organic structure, to the regional scene of the Pacific Northwest. Morris’ paintings are related to her bronze sculpture in their shared sense of structure. In her work, she was pushing for more awareness of the poetry in the universal.
Hilda (Grossman) Morris received major commissions for the Seattle Opera House, the Standard Plaza in Portland, and the Pacific National Building in Tacoma. In 1960 she was awarded a fellowship by the Ford Foundation. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, Amon Carter Museum, University of Illinois, Seattle World's Fair, University of California, LA, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hilda Morris died in 1991, and a retrospective of her work was held at the Portland Art Museum in 2006.
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